Well, here's yet another reason to hate Dan Shaughnessy.
He wrote a BS column in Sports Illustrated, imploring Yankee fans to cheer Johnny Damon when he returns to Yankee Stadium with whatever team he signs with this winter.
And the Curly Haired Bastard goes out of way to rip Red Sox fans who have been booing Judas to this day.
He just doesn't get it. Fans have been letting Damon have it at Fenway since he left (but it has declined in recent years) not just because he bolted Boston, but because of the laundry he wears, and more importantly because of this statement he made in May 2005 when he was approaching free agency:
"There's no way I can go play for the Yankees, but I know they're going to come after me hard. It's definitely not the most important thing to go out there for the top dollar, which the Yankees are going to offer me. It's not what I need."
That is precisely why fans were pissed off at him. He's a liar.
But he's also a businessman. Damon made his choice to trash his legacy for the Almighty Dollar. And the way he and his rat bastard of an agent, Scott (Dr. Evil) Boras, left Boston was simply appalling.
Every returning visiting player from the 2004 team (Dave Roberts, Pedro Martinez, Kevin Millar and Orlando Cabrera for example) has gotten big ovations from the Fenway Faithful for their bringing a title to Boston after 86 years. Damon would have gotten the same had he come back with, say, the Angels or Mariners. He showed up in the WRONG uniform.
But of course, CHB makes no mention of this.
I believe that the hatred towards Damon will subside once the pinstripes are gone (and it appears they are). He'll be more appreciated as time goes by for his role on the 2004 World Champions. And I bet he will get standing ovations when he goes back to Yankee Stadium with whatever team he returns with (as long as it isn't the Red Sox; no chance of that happening).
Yankee fans would let Damon have it if he returned with "BOSTON" on his uniform. And for obvious reasons. Even the ones Shaughnessy doesn't seem to realize. Or doesn't want to.